HMCS Louisburg

I had received this comment on my blog Souvenirs de guerre

Someone had written this comment:

My father, who survived the sinking of HCMS Louisbourg in the Mediterrean  in 1943, did not have very happy memories of the contemptuous and injust way Quebec sailors were treated on their ships and even after the war.

My father sustained an injury to his backbone, and his lungs were affected by toxic fumes caused by the fire on board the ship. This French-Canadian who was decorated never received a war veteran pension and we had to live in poverty until we settled in Sept-Îles during the industrial and housing boom of the town.

My father was even sent to the brig in Gibraltar because he defended himself against a Canadian who was constantly insulting him and other francophone crew members!!!


My father died in 1973.

This person never wrote back.

I went on sailing on Google and found a lot of pictures.

Here are a few…


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HCMS Louisburg…

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This how it was called, HMCS Louisburg and not Louisbourg.

Here is a painting I also caught in a net on the Net…299357616_b-hmcs-louisburg-a-memorial

This is a list of sailors who died.

Flower Class Corvette
Builder: Morton Engineering and Dry Dock, Quebec City PQ
Commissioned: 2 Oct 1941
Fate: Torpedoed off Oran 6 Feb 1943
Casualties: 2 officers, 35 ratings, 5 RN

The Casualty Roll
AB ALDRED L. V 22924 RCNVR ONT,TORONTO
STO 1 ANDERSON A.F. V 14692 RCNVR BC,VANCOUVER
L/SIG ANDERSON C.F. V 8276 RCNVR ONT,HAMILTON
OS ANNABLE G.C. V 33367 RCNVR QUE,MONTREAL
AB BANKS M.A. A 4891 RCNR BC,VANCOUVER
AB BENJAMIN S. V 2320 RCNVR NB,ST JOHN
AB BETTESS E. V 24438 RCNVR MAN,WINNIPEG
L/CDR CAMPBELL W.F. O 11898 RCNVR SASK,SASKATOON
STO 1 COURNOYER R. V 4453 RCNVR QUE,MONTREAL
ERA 4 FORREST G.A.C. V 33125 RCNVR QUE,MONTREAL
ERA 4 GARDEN R.V. V 25691 RCNVR NS,ENFIELD
OS GAUVIN J.M.R. V 35564 RCNVR QUE,MONTREAL
TEL GILBERT W.M. V 13821 RCNVR ALTA,CALGARY
AB GRAVES C.S. A 1369 RCNR NS,NEW GLASGOW
AB GRIFFIN E.F. V 22559 RCNVR ONT,TORONTO
AB HALL J. V 18600 RCNVR ONT,BELLEVILLE
AB LEWIS W.E. V 1595 RCNVR PEI,ALBERTON
STO 1 MacGREGOR D. V 19596 RCNVR ONT,WINDSOR
SIG MacLEOD G.I. V 319 RCNVR NS,SYDNEY
STO 1 MacPHAIL S.J. V 456 RCNVR NS,PICTOU
CODER MacPHAIL J.A. V 1588 RCNVR PEI,QUEENS CO
AB McCLELLAN J.F. 4612 RCN SASK,MOOSE JAW
LS MacDONALD D.M. V 6251 RCNVR ONT,OTTAWA
AB McDONALD R.J. V 11491 RCNVR SASK,SASKATOON
CERA McNEILL D. V 23718 RCNVR QUE,VERDUN
CODER MERRYWEATHER H. V 12751 RCNVR ALTA,EDMONTON
OS MORIN J.G.E.V. V 3985 RCNVR QUE,LEVIS
O/TEL NINIAN T.M. V 13776 RCNVR ALTA,CALGARY
SIG PATERSON R.L. V 24617 RCNVR MAN,WINNIPEG
STO 2 RICE S.N. V 31943 RCNVR ONT,TORONTO
TEL ROBINSON E. V 22987 RCNVR ONT,TORONTO
PO TEL SMITH A.J. V 9368 RCNVR MAN,WINNIPEG
L/S STEVENSON J.C.R. V 5282 RCNVR NS,HALIFAX
AB TANNER J.A. V 22913 RCNVR ONT,SAULT STE MARIE
AB VIKSTROM J.R. V 33099 RCNVR QUE,MONTREAL
STO WATSON N.R. V 9654 RCNVR MAN,WINNIPEG
LT WILSON E. O 78775 RCNR ONT,OTTAWA

The HCMS Louisbourg was part of the Flower class.


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HCMS Levis


It was built by Morton Engineering and Dry Dock, in Québec. It was commissioned on October 2, 1941.
The Louisbourg was torpedoed off the coast of Oran on February 6, 1943.

24 thoughts on “HMCS Louisburg

  1. I WAS A SURVIVOR ON THE LOUISBURG, WAS QUARTER MASTER AND WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF THERE ARE ANY LOUISBURG MEN ALIVE STILL AS I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM THEM AS I AM NOW 91 GETTING ON A BIT BUT STILL A PROUD SAILOR.

    ERNIE PAIN CORNWALL ONTARIO

    THANK YOU.

    1. Hi Uncle Ernie, I’m thrilled to learn you are so connected on the web. Hopefully you still connect to this site in 2015. As you know, I’ve always been interested in WW1 & WW2 history, especially when it involves my family….and you are my family. I have researched many articles on the HCMS Louisburg and I am proud to say to my friends that you were one of the few survivours in this attack.
      Visiting my Dad next week – Aug 24-5. Give us a call in MTL if you get the chance.

      Doug Easson

    1. A book written by survivor John Quinsey titled HMCS Louisburg (1st) 1941-1943 is extremely detailed with pictures of shipmates names etc.

      John Quinsey passed away two years ago. The book is so detailed that he mentioned a Christmas dinner that Ernie Pain was given a couple of beers as a gift by their host in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. John was wounded and after his recovery returned to active duty serving on the HMCS Montreal K319.

      1. My uncle, James Hall, died on the Louisburg. Where can I get a copy of this book? ? Thanks for any assistance!

  2. The following article is from the Moose Jaw Times-Herald and they remain the rights Holder —

    Moose Jaw Times Herald
    Thursday, February 18, 1943
    Survivor of HMCS Louisburg Sinking
    Telegraphist Keith Crone, R.C.N.V.R., son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Crone, 463 Stadacona Street East, one of the surviving members of the crew of the ill-fated corvette H.M.C.S. Louisburg, is a native son of Moose Jaw.
    He attended Prince Arthur Public School and the Central Collegiate Institute. Joining the Canadian Navy in January 1942, before he was 20 years of age, he trained at Regina and later at St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, where he was the leading student.
    Telegraphist Crone went to sea in August last (1942) when he left Canada in one of the ships of the Royal Navy and proceeded to England, later being posted to the corvette Louisburg.
    Some years ago he played hockey with the Junior Canucks and while living in Moose Jaw, was active in you people’s activities at Grace United Church.
    In addition to his parents, he has two brothers, Dan and Arnold, and one sister, Miss Lucy Crone, all living in Moose Jaw.

    Names
    19430218
    HMCS Louisburg Survivor (Sunk off Algeria in Mediterranean)
    Telegraphist Keith Crone, 463 Stadacona Street East

  3. Another article from the Moose Jaw Times-Herald

    Moose Jaw Times Herald
    Tuesday, February 16, 1943
    Seaman Jack McClellan Is War Casualty
    The casualty list issued Tuesday by the Department of Naval Affairs at Ottawa included the name of Seaman Jack McClellan of (466 Coteau Street West) Moose Jaw, who is listed as missing and presumed dead.
    Seaman McClellan, son of Alderman Fraser McClellan and Mrs. McClellan of Moose Jaw, joined the R.C.N.V.R., a little more than a year ago at the age of 17 years.
    Besides his parents, Seaman McClellan is survived by a sister, Joan and a younger brother Donald.

    Names
    19430216
    Seaman Jack McClellan Is War Casualty
    McClellan, John Forbes, Ordinary Seaman, 466 Coteau Street West, Moose Jaw
    KIA 19430206

  4. My great uncle Roland Stevenson was a casualty of the Louisburg sinking. (you have him listed as JCR). Beautiful page, thank you for this page and the photos.

  5. I write this blog so people can find their relatives who served their country during WWII. Everytime someone shares something I post it on my blogs…
    Yes I have several blogs paying homage to servicemen and servicewomen.

  6. My cousin E. Bettess (Teddy) went down with the Louisburg. I was wondering if there are any survivors out there that would remember him? I am not sure of his ‘rating’, and branch. Would appreciate to hear from you.

    Thank you

    1. My father Robert Bailey was a stoker on the Louisburg and fortunately survived the sinking as he was ashore at the time for medical treatment.

  7. Reblogged this on Lest We Forget and commented:

    I wrote this post in 2009 when I was just starting to write this blog…
    There is someone who just wrote a comment…

    Hi Ernie;
    my brother was Duncan MacGregor, Stoker, did not survive, contact me if you wish,

    wmacgregor2@cogeco.ca

    Thanks

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